Over Rs.10, 750 million has been set apart to develop 79 local Government institutions in the North and East under the Pura Neguma Program, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said.
The Minister said everybody has to join hands to develop the village which will in turn usher development in the country. The Minister said this at a ceremony at the Economic Development Ministry to mark the allocation of provisions under the second phase of the Pura Neguma Program in 79 local government institutions in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, and the commencement of the second phase.
The Minister said this program will cost US $ 86 million, out of which US $ 50 million will be a loan from the International Development Agency through the World Bank while US $ 18.8 million will be a grant by the Australian government. The balance will be financed by the Sri Lankan Government.
The Pura Neguma Project implemented by the Economic Development Ministry was earlier known as Northern and Eastern Provinces Local Government Service Improvement Project. The Economic Development Ministry continues to provide provision for 79 local government institutions in the eight districts of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Mannar in the Northern Province and Ampara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee in the Eastern Province, since 2010.
The objective of this program is to provide better and more efficient service to the people by capacity development in these institutions through strengthening the administration process in order to co-ordinate at regional and rural level. In addition, 22 local government institutions in four districts of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Puttalam and Monaragala have been selected for development under the Pura Neguma Program.
The Minister explained that four components will be taken into consideration when money is invested. Development of infrastructure facilities, accountability of the institutions, capacity development and evaluation and assessment will be undertaken under this process.